TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – Florida State moved up four spots and is ranked 19th in the third College Football Playoff poll of the season, it was revealed Tuesday night live on ESPN.
The Seminoles, who are 20th in the Associated Press and Coaches polls this week, improved to 7-3 overall, 5-3 in the ACC, with a 38-3 win at Syracuse last Saturday. The win was Florida State’s fourth by at least 30 points this season and, coupled with a 45-3 win at Miami the previous week, made FSU the only P5 program in the nation with two 30-point wins on the road. . The Seminoles are also one of four P5 teams, along with Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee, to have three 30-point conference wins this season.
Florida State leads the nation in 75 plays for at least 20 yards and ranks third nationally in explosive play differential, with a 16.62 percent offensive play rate and play rate authorized defensive explosives of 8.98%. His 15 touchdowns over 80 yards are the most in the nation, and seven touchdowns covering 90 or more yards are second nationally. FSU leads the ACC and ranks second in the nation in pass defense, holding opponents to an average of 155.0 yards per game through the air, and also leads the conference and ranks seventh in the nationally by holding opponents to an average of 5.9 yards per pass attempt. The FSU defense is responsible for the two lowest passing totals by an ACC offense this season after holding Miami to 62 passing yards and Syracuse to 65 passing yards. In records dating back to 1996, Florida State is the first ACC program to hold conference opponents to 65 passing yards or less in consecutive games and the first national team to hold consecutive opponents in the FBS to 65 passing yards or less since Appalachia State in 2019.
The Seminoles are one of three teams in the nation, along with Georgia and Ohio State, to rank in the top 10 in yards per play on both offense and defense. FSU is 10th with an average of 6.89 yards per play on offense and 10th with an average of 4.62 yards per play allowed on defense. The Seminoles are 11th in the nation allowing an average of 293.6 yards per game and 16th in the nation with 477.1 total rushing yards per game. Florida State is the only team in the ACC and one of four in the nation, averaging at least 260 passing yards and 210 rushing yards per game. FSU leads the ACC in yards per rush and rushing yards per game, averaging 5.53 yards per rush to rank 11th in the nation and 213.6 rushing yards per game to rank 16th, and has eclipsed 200 rushing yards in five straight games, the longest streak on the program since 1995.
Florida State returns to Tallahassee this week for a 12 p.m. game Saturday against Louisiana. The game will be broadcast on regional sports networks across the country.